Three Ring Week

Last week, for the first time, I closed all 3 activity rings on my watch/phone. The Red ring is for calories burnt due to movement, the Yellow ring is for minutes of exercise, and the Blue-ish ring is for standing at least 1 minute every hour.

The ring that gives me the most trouble is the stand ring, not because I don’t stand, but because it doesn’t consistently recognize when I do.In fact this was the first time I’ve ever closed the stand ring Monday-Sunday of the same week.

I consistently close the exercise and move rings 6 of 7 days per week and have completed the week on both several times.

Nokia 3310

Lent begins next week and I think I’m going to give up using my iPhone as a phone in favor of this. My iPhone will probably still be around to use as a camera and other things that work in airplane mode, but wouldn’t be used on my cellular network.

Nokia 3310

Music & Photos

The title may be a little misleading, but every once in a while I like to complain about a first world inconvenience I run into. Today it’s the iPhone cutting off my music when I open the camera, which is a change from the past. It makes sense for using the video camera, which needs to record sound, but not just for taking a photo. I assume it taking over as soon as the camera is opened is related to live photos, which records video with each photo, but I have that feature turned off. In the past I could run around a city listening to music while taking photos. Now I have to choose between the music and the photo and realize I like the old way better.

OS X Yosemite & iOS 8.1

A little over a week ago I updated to Yosemite. At first most of the things I noticed are aesthetic changes and my computer waking from sleep must faster. That was before I updated my devices to iOS 8, which is required for what I think will end up being the most useful and visible features. These are the features that will allow me to use my iPhone, iPad, and Mac interchangeably when it comes to phone calls, texts messages, and picking up where I left off when switching devices. One of the other new things in Yosemite is Family Sharing, which in short allows linking Apple accounts and sharing purchases. My guess is it’s the precursor to allowing people, like myself that have separate iTunes and iCloud accounts, to merge their them. The annoying part of family sharing so far is it added a family calendar that I can’t delete, so I now have a calendar that I don’t want, won’t use, can’t hide, and can’t delete in my calendar program. I later realized it also added a Reminder list that I can’t delete. I’m sure I’ll figure out a workaround at some point.

A couple days later I upgraded my iPad to iOS 8.1 and a couple more days later updated my iPhone and started playing with the continuity features. Having texts go to my computer may prove to be useful when I’m because I don’t always pay attention to my phone when working at my computer. It may also prove to be an annoying detraction, but hasn’t been bad so far. I haven’t used the phone call feature yet, which just allows me to answer call via my computer instead of phone. The picking up where I left off feature has proven useful a couple times so far and will probably be used more as I get used to it.

Chase-ing

After speaking at the Illinois Conference I went to St. Louis to visit my cousin, Sean, and watch basketball. Sometime during the visit and watching basketball with his old friends, and my new friends, we had 2 discussions about the best. One was who is the best player in college basketball and the other was about what is the best phone on the market. To make a long story short I’ll just point out there’s a reason other players were being compared to John Wall and other phones are compared to the iPhone.

Before leaving St. Louis I tried to find a Chase Bank. Actually let’s back up. Before leaving Lexington I used Google Maps to see if there was a Chase Bank in the St. Louis area because I knew I would need one and wouldn’t be back in Lexington for a while. Google Maps indicated there were some branches so I thought all was good. Back to leaving St. Louis. The branches Google Maps said were there weren’t so I checked online with Chase. When I checked there were none in St. Louis, but a few options about 40 miles away. The Chase website specifically said the ATMs were open 24 hours and could accept deposits. Sean and I decided to drive up to one to get there and not be able to get to it. Sure the ATM may have been open 24 hours, but the building the ATM was in was not. At this point I was only a little annoyed because Sean and I made the most of the drive.

The next day I called Chase hoping talking to someone would be useful. It was an absolute waste of time. The person I talked to was unable to locate a branch or ATM close to St. Louis and wound up transferring me to a branch in Chicago that was closed. Since I still needed an ATM I decided to detour by a different Chase ATM on the way to Mississippi. This detour was about an hour out of the way. I got to the ATM this time, but it did not take deposits. I stopped by 2 other ATMs on the Chase list of ATMs that were deposit friendly and neither accepted deposits. I left St. Louis ready to leave Chase.

I’m done for now, but there’s more coming soon. I haven’t yet made it to Destin or Atlanta or talked about any Cheer Drama. My ending thought is to remind people their first instinct is probably the best one to go with. The amount of information you can process without realizing you are doing it is incredible. This is what you first instinct is based on. Trust it. Trust in yourself and if you don’t believe me read Malcolm Gladwell’s book Blink.